• Writing Room/Fiction Machine, 2003, typewriter, wood, bricks, carpet, and iron, 13' 1 1/2“ x 22' 11 1/2” x 6' 3".

    Mark Manders

    Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (SMAK)
    Jan Hoetplein 1
    October 1–December 15, 2008

    Kunstverein Hannover
    Sophienstraße 2
    October 16–November 25, 2007

    Kunsthaus Zurich
    Heimplatz 1
    February 1–May 1, 2009

    Since 1986, Dutch artist Mark Manders has been laying bricks for his ongoing Self-Portrait as a Buildling—an ambitious exploration of immanence that has found the artist constructing furniture, cryptic statues of kouroi, a nocturnal garden scene incorporating a bisected cat, and a number of uncanny sculptures of domestic spaces, such as Kitchen (Reduced to 88%), 2002. The architectonics of Manders's self-image are truly bewildering—and it should be enlightening (or, failing that, at least a lot of fun) to see twenty-seven of his works together in this exhibition. The accompanying catalogue includes texts by the show's curator Stephan Berg, curator Douglas Fogle, art historian Mirjam Varadinis, and the artist himself.